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  1. Using information from a pneumatic actuators maker, I got this result : a pneumatic actuator of this kind 380 mm long, 20 mm in diameter (15"x0.8") can retract about 30 mm (1.2"), pull about 80kg / 180 lbs when supplied with 6 bars (don't know in PSI, it's about 6 times "normal" atmospheric pressure) air pressure and use about 1 liter (1/4 gal) of air for this contraction. If I'm not mistaken, used in place of a human biceps, this would allow to hold your forearm horizontal with a weight of about 10 kg (20 lbs) in your hand (aboout 8 leverage ratio). A 40 mm diameter of similar len
  2. I don't know how much time it will take, but I can give it an eye if you wish. I send you a private message with my e-mail.
  3. This add a bit of complexity, but you may consider this : "soft" armor -> 1/2 or 1/4 bullet damage absorbed goes through as stun, "rigid" armor -> 1/10, both are BTM-reduced as a muscle-grafted hulk is likely to withstand this much better than a Woody Allen. Adjust the ratios to fit the gameplay you wish.
  4. IMHO it is a "collector" item rather than a practical weapon. Kinda like the "miniature" black powder cannons.
  5. IIRC most 40 mm grenade have an inertial arming system, so you're decently safe for carrying them in a tubular magazine. And since the end of the grenade is round rather than pointed, you don't risk accidental percussion/ignition of the primer.
  6. The "Thermite in a tube" trick can work with a simple match or lighter as long as the tube packs an "igniter" with the thermite - like a color-stripped toothpaste, but with some kind of primer instead of mint flavor 8).
  7. I think is used the same way as it is for welding rails "on the filed" with light equipment : the two rails are put with their ends together, and a mould with open tank above the rail is clamped on the ends and a piece of filler metal that will fill the gap and weld the two ends together. Thermite is put in the "tank" part and ignited, the heat melts the "filler" metal which flows in the gap and welds the two ends together, then after a cooling time the device is removed and the welding ground to shape in the "functionnal" areas of the welding.
  8. No wires, the electrical load is stored in a capacitor inside the bullet (which has a "date for optimum use", as no capcacitor is perfect and they slowly leak their charge).
  9. Just bought the PDF and give it a quick look. My first impression is somewhat mixed. Some things looks promising, but others are more dubious. And even after all those years waiting for V3, there is still a lot of text that is copy-pasted from CP2020 (even in places I feel it is not very appropriate). My main gripe ATM is that many things sound like "techno-magic", favoring the "kewl" over even remote plausibility and consistency.
  10. IIRC "giri" can be translated by "strong obligation", something like that. Think about it in term of favor given and owned. A guy helps you, you're honor-bound to help him later to repay your "giri debt". Don't repay, and the word will spread that you're a selfish bastard and soon nobody will want to lend you a hand when you need it unless you pay first (and even then they could let you sink).
  11. Accurate single-shot capacity is easier to get with weapons readied with a closed bolt action - the weapon is ready with a round in the chamber and bolt closed. With open-bold design the bolt is held back, and moves forward to chamber a fresh round and fire it, and this bolt travel on first shot decrease accuracy. I think the MP-5 is one of the few designs of SMG to do so. In rifles most designs are closed-bolt, but somes are more accurate than other - AK-47 / 74 are not exactly sniper weapons. Also which area wil this weapon be used in ? Real-life countries issued different weapons
  12. The "base rules" already gives us a hint : at (roughly) 2/3 SDP lost, the area cease to work, so I suggest something along the lines that 1/3 SDP lost giving the 'borg a -1 to actions using the damaged area. Damage will reduce functionnality, but the design of a 'borg - particularly those myomer-actuated - allow for some amount of redundancy and damage tolerance.
  13. This reminds us that many AA guns can (and have been) used against ground targets, and their high RoF often make them fairly good at that job, even if they're a bit underprotected.
  14. Top speed is much less affected than acceleration (all the cars in the train are very close and aerodynamic drag doesn't increase linearly with length), and deceleration can be surprisingly good even with such a beast, as all wheels contribute to braking. Road trains take a loooong time to build up speed, but can move rather fast as long as the road is good and straight enough. I'd say -50% acceleration is OK (doubling the weight cut it in half), but reduce top speed and deceleration only by 10%
  15. I guess it's "Play along and cross our fingers hoping the Doc is telling the truth when he says he needs us alive even after the trial (as reference subjects)". This should probably be handled by the GM with a few narrative posts (describing the trial and it's immediate following) to forward the game to a a point whith more room for PCs interaction and initiative.
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